Allegiant Airlines is a Big Nope for Me. Here’s Why

Recently, the CBS show 60 Minutes highlighted the findings of their recent investigation into the inner workings of discount carrier Allegiant Air. The results of their study weren’t pretty, as the investigative journalists at 60 Minutes found more than 100 serious incidents over that time, including mid-air engine failures, rapid descents, rampant malfunctions, leaks, and cancelled take-offs, among other problems.

And, this wasn’t the first time this airline has come under fire for their safety record. The Washington Post wrote about the airline’s many problems and old planes in 2016, and they’re not the only ones.

As if I needed an excuse not to fly Allegiant, I am now 100% certain I never will. I guess there’s a small chance a miracle could happen that would get me on an Allegiant plane, but it’s unlikely.

Safety aside, there are other reasons Allegiant is always a big “nope” for me. Here are a few:

Their co-branded credit card sucks.

The Allegiant World MasterCard promises $150 in Allegiant flights after you spend $1,000 on the card within three months of account opening. It also has a $59 annual fee that is not waived the first year. This card does offer a BOGO flight for cardholders, but you have to buy a vacation package with hotel nights or a rental car to qualify.

Obviously, this is a big “nope” since there are lots of cards that offer more than one cent per point toward travel.

There are better co-branded airline credit cards out there.

If you’re looking for an airline credit card, there are several that offer 50,000+ mile bonuses right now with the annual fee waived the first year.

There are better flexible travel credit cards.

If you want to pay for airfare with rewards and don’t want to jump through the hoops of traditional frequent flyer programs, you’ll be better off with a flexible travel credit card that lets you book any type of travel. The Capital One Venture card is a good example because you earn 2x miles for every dollar you spend and have the ability to redeem for any travel you want, including Allegiant flights.

Their loyalty program doesn’t have transfer partners.

I try to book airfare with carriers that let me earn miles I’ll actually use. I also book with carriers that have transfer partners so I can earn points with one credit card and transfer them to airlines later.

Allegiant doesn’t have any transfer partners.

There are plenty of better discount airlines.

I’m not against flying discount airlines, as I fly Southwest all the time. Southwest even offers two checked bags for free, which is a huge departure from Allegiant since they charge up to $50 for a carry-on bag or more for overweight luggage. Obviously, checked bags aren’t free, either.

They have limited flights.

Unlike other busier air carriers, Allegiant limits many of its routes to a few times per week. This can become a huge problem if your flight is cancelled for any reason, since you may wait days to pick up the next one.

Let’s say you planned to fly from Indianapolis (IND) to Fort Lauderdale (FLL)in August of this year. Allegiant only offers this route on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, and only one flight per day. If your flight is cancelled, good luck getting to your destination or home without waiting a few days.

Do you fly Allegiant? Why or why not?

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